Derek Keay is a business law partner in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office and is a member of the firm’s Technology Industry and its Corporate Finance and M&A Groups. Derek practises corporate law with an emphasis on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, primarily involving emerging technology companies. His primary focus is on advising Canadian and international companies, together with angel, venture capital and institutional investors, in relation to debt and equity financing transactions. He also has extensive experience in advising companies, shareholders and acquirers in connection with the purchase and sale of businesses, both in Canada and cross-border. Derek works with technology companies at various stages of development, from start-ups to public companies, assisting them in many aspects of their day-to-day legal requirements, including corporate governance matters. Derek has long been recognized in Chambers Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and The Best Lawyers in Canada. He received the Best Lawyers 2022 Information Technology Law "Lawyer of the Year" award in Ottawa.